What are Office Partitions Made Of? An In-Depth Guide

An office with different colored office partitions.

Office partitions are physical dividers or panels used to separate workspace areas, create privacy, or mark distinct zones for different functions. Essentially, they improve the overall design and flow of office space. These partitions can be permanent or movable, the latter of which can add flexibility in case of changing needs. In this article, we’ll cover what office partitions are made of, how they are customized, and more.

What Materials are Used in Office Partitions?

Office partitions can be made from a variety of materials, and each choice comes with its own unique advantages. Here are some common materials that are used.


Allied Modular Glass Partitions

Glass partitions are a popular choice because of their transparency and their ability to let natural light enter the office, which in a lot of spaces is lacking. They also create a modern and open look.

Gypsum Vinyl

This material is known for its smooth surface and strength. It is easy to clean and maintain, which often makes it a practical choice for office spaces.

Composite Materials

Composite partitions mix wood, plastic, metal, and other materials. They may provide durability, insulation, soundproofing, and fire resistance, depending on the exact materials used.

Steel Coating

Steel coating makes partitions both durable and fire resistant. Its toughness makes it perfect for spaces where extra strength is needed.

Hardboard Vinyl

Hardboard vinyl, as it sounds, combines hardboard and vinyl together. Made of wood fibers, hardboard is very strong and durable, and can withstand impacts. Vinyl, on the other hand, is easy to clean and generally resistant to scratches and moisture. As a result, hardboard vinyl is a great choice in many offices because of its low maintenance requirements.

Plastics/FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic)

FRP partitions are perfect for moisture-prone spaces because of their corrosion resistance. They are also lightweight and easy to install.


Aluminum is lightweight, rust-resistant, and has a modern look to it. It is often used as the framing material of office partitions.

What are the Core Materials in Office Partitions?

Similarly, the core materials in office partitions can make a big difference in how they perform. Here are a few common core materials that we provide at Allied Modular:

Three images of panel cores.


Polystyrene is the most common material we use. It is lightweight and it has insulation properties, which helps with energy efficiency.


Polyisocyanurate cores provide both insulation and fire resistance. They are perfect for partitions that need both safety and energy efficiency.


Honeycomb cores, another popular choice, are both exceptionally strong and lightweight. These are perfect for demountable office partition panels because, given their weight, they are easy to reconfigure.

Can You Customize Office Partitions?

Customization is important to the overall design process, as it helps partitions meet certain style and structural preferences. At Allied Modular, we offer a variety of customization options, including but not limited to the following:

  • Heights: Partitions can be designed to any height up to 35 feet.
  • Styles: Solid panels, glass panels, hybrid designs, and more.
  • Colors and Finishes: A wide range of colors and finishes to match your office’s style, including custom paint options.
  • Doors: Prefinished doors (walnut, vinyl clad steel) and custom painted doors.
  • Windows: Options include single pane (standard height and full height), dual pane (standard height), single & dual pane sliding windows, and more.

For more details, you can explore Allied Modular’s interior product options.

What are Demountable Wall Systems?

Beyond customizable options, Allied Modular also offers demountable wall systems.

Demountable wall systems are modular partitions that can be easily moved and reconfigured. They were made to be flexible, which allows businesses to adapt and change their office layout as needed. As a result, demountable walls offer a higher return on investment compared to traditional construction methods, which make them a popular choice for office partitions.

What are the Benefits of Demountable Modular Office Partitions?

Low Cost

Demountable modular partitions are generally less expensive than traditional construction, especially when considering the quickness of installation and reconfiguration.


As mentioned earlier, businesses can easily readapt these partitions, allowing them to change office layouts to meet their needs.

Practical Office Solutions

Whether you need to create private offices, collaborative spaces, or meeting rooms, demountable partitions provide a quick solution for a variety of settings.

Why Choose Allied Modular Partitions?

Time and Cost Savings

Not only are Allied Modular partitions lower cost than traditional construction options, they are quicker to install.

High-Quality Products

Because they’re built in factory-controlled conditions, our partitions are consistently top quality.


We design our partitions to fit a variety of applications, which allows us to meet the specific requirements of our customers.

Free Design Assistance

Allied Modular offers complimentary design help to meet the special design criteria of any job.


With a 10-year warranty on materials and a 1-year warranty on labor, we guarantee our customers years of problem-free service.

What are Office Partitions Made Of? The Bottom Line

Modular office partitions are made of a variety of materials, including glass, hardboard vinyl, aluminum, and more. Each material has its own set of perks, and choices for each will depend on your specific needs. In general, they are a low-cost, high-quality solution for modern workspaces. Whether you’re looking to create private office space, meeting areas, or simply divide space, they are a practical and effective solution.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our partitions can meet your office needs, contact Allied Modular today for a free quote.

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